Language Requirements

Cape Breton University has strong relationships with several english language partners including ICEAP Nova Scotia, English School of Canada (ESC), EC English Language School and ILAC. If your first language is not English, you will need to provide documentation to show that CBU’s English language proficiency requirements have been met. See the requirements below.


English Language Scores

Official Testing Scores: 

Please arrange to have test results sent to Cape Breton University from one of the following agencies:

  • TOEFL score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), or 80 (internet test): www.ets.org 
  • IELTS (and IELTS Indicator) score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0: www.ielts.org
  • CAEL score of 60: www.cael.ca
  • MELAB score of 85: www.melab.ca
  • Pearson PTE (Academic) score of 59: www.pearsonpte.com
  • CanTEST score of 4.5 (reading & listening), 4.0 (writing): www.cantest.ca
  • Duolingo English Test score of 115 for undergraduate programs, diplomas and certificates. Score of 120 for Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Education and post-baccalaureate diplomas: https://englishtest.duolingo.com/home 

 *Scores should be sent to admissions_documents@cbu.ca directly from the testing language body. Language scores that have been sent by students will not be accepted.

English Proficiency Exemption 

If you have completed at least two years in a secondary school (as recognized by CBU) where English is the primary language of instruction, you do not require a language score. Official documentation, however, is needed.

If you have completed at least 30 credit hours (or equivalent) at a post-secondary institution (as recognized by CBU) where English is the primary language of instruction, you do not require a language score. Official documentation is required.

Country Specific Requirements 

The are minimum credential requirements by country.